When I reread what I had written
Dear daughter, I wish, my tongue I had bitten.
For no mother should ever say such things,
This world may be bad but I am a fixer of such things.
So go out, my dear, reach for the stars
I’ll see that on your freedom there are no bars.
And if in the process you scrape your knees
I’ll be there to kiss it better, you see.
Go out and stay as late as you want
You have same rights that to your brother I grant.
Wear what you wish, I won’t object
For even covered head to toe, to lecherous stares you are subject.
I know how harrowing it can be
When they treat you like an object to touch and feel,
But always remember my words wrought in steel.
They can touch your body and inflict pain untold
They can never wreak your spirit or defile your soul.
This body is of no consequence, keep your spirit intact
You are a born winner and that is a fact.
Discover, explore, invent and innovate
Just one life and so much to taste
Failure or success, whatever you meet
Your goal is to march to your own beat.
Go my precious one, have a heartbreak or two
For what breaks us, makes us stronger too.
And when it becomes too much to bear
To embrace you in a hug, I am always there.
Never we as parents will an impediment be
Go tilt at as many windmills that you can see.
Falling, getting up, dusting your clothes
And starting all over again
Go save the world and I’ll never say never again.
We all have but one life, make the most of it
This world is bad no doubt, go seek the best in it.
Keep your soul intact, always full of love and compassion
Never bite your tongue, your feelings must always find expression.
There are good people, sweetheart, all around you
Seek their company and they will let you be you.
And when you touch the pinnacle of your life
Your mom will be cheering, raising a toast to your life.